Parks Canada is planting 4,000 trees along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada this year.
On Wednesday (August 4), Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef and David Britton, director of Ontario waterways for Parks Canada, broke the ground near the Peterborough Lift Lock for the first of the trees to be planted.
“This beautiful tree is just the start of a project that will see greener spaces and cleaner air from Trenton through to Port Severn,” Monsef said.
The Trent–Severn Waterway comprises 386 kilometres of canals that connect Lake Ontario at Trenton to Lake Huron at Port Severn. The tree planting also commemorates the 101st anniversary of through navigation on the waterway.
The project is part of an initiative by Parks Canada to plant 150,000 trees in 2021 in up to 18 national parks across the country, to help fight climate change, clean the air, and protect biodiversity.
The trees will be planted as part of the federal government’s commitment to plant two billion trees, projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 12 megatonnes annually by 2050.